architecture studio PARQ envisions cloud maker, a series of giant, volcano-shaped structures that can dim the effect the sun has over ice-cold regions, or precipitate rain over desertified locations, by projecting pure steam into the atmosphere to create bright clouds. to generate the steam, these structures are to be placed on top of oceans, extracting hydrogen and oxygen from the water through electrolysis and burning it up towards the atmosphere through a rocket-shaped converging nozzle.


converting sunlight into electricity and water into steam

 

 

PARQ has imagined the structures as giant inverted funnels, that capture the gas generated by electrode structures immersed in the water beneath, and then converge it to a combustion chamber with a nozzle on top that injects the gas up to the atmosphere. their exterior shell is composed of photovoltaic panels, generating electricity from the sunlight used to extract hydrogen and oxygen from the water.

 

 

‘this is just an idea, as I do not have a scientific background or calculations to back this up,’ notes architect pedro ramalho, partner at PARQ. ‘I am just an architect facing new challenges as we all are. this idea can relate to several studies and theories about climate engineering like aerosol injection or marine cloud brightening. also there are developments being made in the efficiency of water electrolysis.’

PARQ volcano structures release steam clouds to reverse the effects of global warmingmimics a natural process like volcanic clouds

PARQ volcano structures release steam clouds to reverse the effects of global warming
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placed strategically around the globe would influence the climate of large portions of land

 

 

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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

  • Perhaps this device could counteract the extra CO2 produced by the energy required for its functioning…

    TNS says:
  • As an engineer, from my guts, there is a gap of energy supply by the factor of around 100 to produce enough steam with eletricity. A direct sun heat driven vaporisation of water ould be more effiicient I think.
    But there is another aspect for dry areas: missing forests that transport the moisture inlands could be replaced or supported to get a new vegetation started. At least when the wind direction is right.
    But I doubt that the effort will be more efficient than natural vaporisation, regarding the area that can be covered.

    Dirk says:
  • How much energy will this consume v how much of the effects of this consumption it offsets? It would need to be energy positive right? and it would need to fuelled by solar, wind or hydro (or a perpetual engine). What a ridiculous deluded use of creative energy.

    C E M says:
  • I’m curious how this concept would work differently than the “green house effect” as it seems to use the same principle with opposite effects. Maybe it is due to the type of gases used? Also, if this principle could be used for cooling, it seems our current heating predicament could, at some point in the future, reach a tipping point that would begin to have the opposite effects. Thoughts?

    Morgan says:

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